May 28, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel (3) rolls out to pass as Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett looks on during organized team activities at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Bills QB EJ Manuel working on reads in OTAs

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The Buffalo Bills are hoping that second-year quarterback E.J. Manuel can take steps forward in becoming better and putting the offense in a place to succeed. The Bills said they were going to do their part by adding offensive weapons, and they did just that trading up in the draft for wide receiver Sammy Watkins. They also drafted three offensive lineman and traded for running back Bruce Brown and wide receiver Mike Williams.

Manuel has identified a weakness in his game and is working actively to address it.

“Obviously being a young guy sometimes you would look past somebody in a progression when you could’ve just held on a half second longer and he may have come open,” said Manuel, via the team’s website. “So just going through my own film study this offseason is something I noticed.”

Manuel said he is noticing progress in that area of his game, but admits he still has plenty of improving to do.

“I think I’m getting over that hump now, truly just taking your time,” he added. “It’s so hard because the game happens so fast, but as a quarterback you don’t want to rush. You want to be quick, but you don’t want to be too fast where you’re just overlooking guys. It’s simply going through the reads.”

Of course the biggest concern for Manuel might be his ability to stay health and on the field. Manuel missed multiple games this season with an injury and played in only 16 games during his rookie season.

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